For 111 years Thornbury was part of the former City of Northcote Local Government Area, which existed from 1883 until June 1994. As such, Thornbury is universally understood to be a demographic and commercial satellite of Northcote, along with Westgarth, although the latter does not have its own postcode. Whilst both Westgarth and Thornbury each have their own distinct central hub, unlike Westgarth, the majority of Thornbury is too far away from its centre for the whole of Thornbury to ever be able to develop its own separate identity.
We went for a walk today (being the Melbourne Cup and public holiday for the Melbourne Metropolitan area) and wandered up into Thornbury. This is just to the north of our suburb, Fairfield, and we looked at the great variety of houses. Most places are still the traditional, free standing bungalows, a few dating from Victorian times (e.g. Victorian terraces), many from the Edwardian time (timber, gabled houses), some from the post WWI years, many from the post-WWII years (brick), and the of course the newly built ones.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme.
|Typical 50s-60s house|
|Renovated house with second floor extension|
|Most Australians are very house-proud and the homes tend to have beautifully maintained gardens.|
|A "Californian"-style bungalow|
|Beautifully renovated Edwardian house with car port added recently in the same style|
|Another renovated Edwardian timber home|
|Interesting Edwardian that has been given a brick veneer|
|A typical Victorian terrace, one of a row of similar houses|
|The Wales St Primary School
(opened 1 October 1891 as the 'Prince of Wales Park State School').
|Another view of the Wales St PS, a grand Edwardian building.|
|Typical 1940s clinker brick home.|
|A beautifully restored classic early Edwardian. Note the timber construction and corrugated iron roof.|
|An Art Deco brick home, probably pre-WWII.|